Dealing with Minor Injuries
Over the last few weeks, I've had some very minor injuries -- mostly just sore muscles and tendons, nothing that requires more than a bit of rest and ice.
But I am a bit curious about two things, when handling minor issues.
1) How should this affect my weekly riding? Let's say I'm normally riding around 100 miles a week and edging that up by 5% - 10% per week. When I've had a week or two with no more than 50 miles, but feel like I'm fully healed, should I go back to riding my previous distances?
2) Is it my imagination, or does it take longer for these minor issues to heal when you've reached the venerable era of the mid-30's?
3) Just out of curiosity, how do pros handle minor strains? If a pro has soreness in their achilles tendon that ordinarily would require a few days' rest, do they just ride through the pain, and hope it doesn't turn into something serious?